The Natural History of Georgia Forests and the Relationship to Community Trees in Rome in April

Dr. Martin Cipollini

APRIL 25 – Join us at the Rome E.C.O. Center, as Dr. Martin Cipollini of Berry College discusses the “Natural History of Georgia Forests and its  Relationship to Community trees, and well as his research on the American chestnut and the Mountain longleaf pine.  Arborist and horticulturist Rick Barnes will lead us on “A Trail of Trees to Georgia’s History,” a retrospective of the trees that defined Georgia’s past, including information about historic uses of trees. Dr. Allison Bailey, Associate Professor at the Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis at the University of North Georgia will speak on “Web-based and Mobile GIS Applications used for Crowd-sourcing and Citizen Science in Urban Forestry,” and talk about the projects she has conducted with her students in producing campus tree inventories; practicing self-reporting of trees in their community; identifying invasive privet and determining appropriate treatment; and using the crowd-sourcing Story Map template to create a global tree awareness project.  2.75 ISA CEUs will be available, as well as 2.5 Category 1 SAF Forestry hours.  A certificate of attendance will be available for landscape architects and others. Lunch is included. See agenda here.
This program is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rome E.C.O. Center: 393 Riverside Pkwy NE, Rome, GA 30161
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Next Arborist Certification Review Class is May 8-9 at Gwinnett Tech

Seeking arborist certification? Need a refresher course?

The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborists Gretchen Musser and Rob Swanson on May 8 and 9, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (both days), at Gwinnett Technical College, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA  30043. Gretchen and Rob will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees. REGISTRATION FEE: $100 GUFC members; $115 non-members (Lunch and refreshments provided on both days.) STUDY GUIDE: Attendees should read through the ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide (not included) to prepare for the review and the exam. The Arborist Certification Study Guide is available at and An ISA Certified Arborist exam will be scheduled approximately one month after the review course for those wanting to take it. Attendees will be responsible for completing their own application for the exam. SCHOLARSHIPS:The Georgia Forestry Commission is offering scholarships to cover the cost of registration for tree board members and tree care workers employed by a city, county, school or university who are not ISA Certified Arborists. Download scholarship form here. Scholarship application must be approved by the Georgia Forestry Commission before registering for the class. CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS:  ISA  CEU hours will be available for certified arborists taking the class as a refresher course. 2 Commercial Credit Pesticide hours, categories 21 and 23 available. Questions? Call Mary Lynne Beckley at 470-210-5900 or e-mail her at
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Ramble at Mill Creek Nature Center

Join us Thursday, May 24th, 10 a.m. – noon, for a ramble through Mill Creek Nature Center (MCNC), a wetlands/wildlife preserve in Gwinnett County, owned and managed by the Georgia Wildlife Federation. Project Manager Hank Ohme will discuss the history of the nature center and various projects completed, and volunteer John Deitsch will talk about the varieties of birds in the area, as well as various insects including dragonflies. The entrance to MCNC is at the intersection of Mall of Georgia Boulevard and Nature Center Parkway in Buford, Georgia (some maps just say “Nature Parkway”). It is located between Wendy’s and the Bird Watchers Supply Store (1999B Mall of Georgia Blvd). There is limited parking at the site, but parking is available in the shopping area where the Bird Watchers Supply Store is located. The ramble is free, but pre-registration is required.

Register here.


AUGUST 8 – GUFC’s third quarterly program, held this year at Suwanee City Hall, 330 Town Center Avenue, is our fourth annual “Trees as Green Stormwater Infrastructure”educational event.  David Dechant, LEED AP, SITES AP and Board Certified Master Arborist at Arborguard Tree Specialists and Joe Burgess, Community Forester and Regional Specialist with the Georgia Forestry Commission will lead our continued conversation on the importance of incorporating trees into the growth of our communities, as trees provide vital stormwater management, as well as the host of other benefits for communities.   After lunch, a panel discussion will feature representatives from local communities from a variety of professions, including engineering, arboriculture, and city planning.  CEUs will be available.  Lunch provided.  This program is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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At this year’s College Canopy Conference at Clayton State University in Morrow on September 11, we’ll hear talks on the latest research regarding changing urban landscapes and concerns such as the West Nile and Zyka viruses; campus sustainability, best practices for treecare and campus communication; tree risk assessment and keeping people safe; establishing a butterfly garden, pollinator garden, or arboretum; and specific challenges for treecare on college campuses.  We’ll enjoy an interesting trail walk and talk through this lovely campus, including their QR-coded tree plantings,Spivey Hall, the Butterfly Garden,the Pollinator Garden, and Lakeview Discovery and Science Center, which is Georgia Peach Belt Green Building Certfied. Lunch included.  CEUs available.  For those of you who registered for the 2017 College Canopy Conference that was cancelled due to weather and did not request a refund, you are automatically registered for this conference. See agenda here.
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2018 Annual Conference set for Jekyll Island

Building Resilient Community Forests
Georgia Urban Forest Council’s
28th Annual Conference & Awards Program
Jekyll Island Club Resort
Jekyll Island, Georgia
November 14-15, 2018

In this historic setting on Georgia’s enchanting coast, we’ll hear outstanding talks from noted speakers on the coming hurricanes, sea level rise, and the effects on trees; healthy root systems; tree species selection and pruning for resilient trees; combatting invasive species; the ecology of live oaks; and more.  Speakers include Dr. Kim Coder, Professor at Warnell School of Forest and Natural Resources at University of Georgia and other noted experts.  Included in the conference experience will be a tour of Jekyll’s forest of pines and live oak killed by wave action, Jekyll’s live oaks affected by salt spray, and a viewing of the “Captain Wylie Scenic Corridor” tree plantings funded in part by Georgia ReLeaf.  We’ll enjoy our annual Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon in the elegant Grand Dining Room and our evening reception in the Crane Cottage Courtyard. Don’t miss this educational and enjoyable event! Agenda posted soon. CEUs will be available.
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Please remember that sleeping room reservations are a separate fee.  Click here for lodging information for conference attendees.

Statewide Arbor Day Celebrations 2018

On February 15,Statewide Arbor Day celebrations were  held in three cities: Atlanta, Athens, and Woodbine.  These programs were presented with support from the Georgia Power Company – thanks, Georgia Power, for your partnership on these events, as we recognized Tree City USA communities, Tree Campus USA colleges and universities, and Tree Line USA utility companies around the state.

Thank you, sponsors and partners. Your support sustains our effort to provide innovative urban forestry education, programming, and resources in Georgia.